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Why is Eurovision a big deal? A guide for perplexed Americans

By Karla Adam

10 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A lot of people may have trouble making sense of songs like the Norwegian hit "Give That Wolf a Banana." The Post is here to explain the Eurovision Song Contest. "Think of a musical featuring Borat."

This is a big week for Britain. With the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, royals wearing flamboyant outfits have crowded the spotlight. Now the pros are about to take over.

The United Kingdom is hosting Eurovision, the biggest, and strangest, live music event on the planet. More people watch the competition than watch the Super Bowl. This year's musical extravaganza is taking place in Liverpool, with a grand finale on Saturday.

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